May 24-26, 2013
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Furious Box Office Weekend
Memorial Day weekend was big at the movies with three openers above $34 million. FAST AND FURIOUS 6 topped the weekend with almost $100 million, while THE HANGOVER 3 and EPIC also opened above $30 million. STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS and IRON MAN 3 continued to add to their hefty totals.
IRON MAN 3 is approaching the $400 mark and looks to be hard to beat as the top movie of 2013. Both STAR TREK: INTO DARKESS and THE GREAT GATSBY passed the $100 million mark.EPIC has almost a month to draw family audiences until MONSTERS UNIVERSITY provides new ...
The late director Alfred Hitchcock (THE BIRDS and PSYCHO) may be rolling over in his grave:
Sony Pictures Entertainment recently announced it’s planning a feature-length animated movie in 3D of the popular video game “Angry Birds” for 2016.
Rovio, the Finish company behind the game, is pleased with their new partnership.
“Sony impressed us with their great attitude, determination, and professionalism,” Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed said. “They convinced us we have found the right partners and team to help us market and distribute our first motion picture.”
“Every studio in town would love to add ‘Angry Birds’ to their slate,” Chairman/CEO of Sony Pictures Michael Lynton and Co-Chairman of the Sony Pictures A...
Redeeming the Mass Media:
Family Values Advocate Ted Baehr Continues Six-Day Speaking Tour
Engagement to Perth, Australia This Weekend
Hollywood, Calif. – Family and child advocate Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and chairman of the Christian Film & Television Commission®, finishes a six-day speaking tour to Perth, the capital of Western Australia, this weekend.
The goal? To transform the culture by redeeming the values of the mass media according to biblical principles.
“Our strategy is very effective and involves two prongs,” Dr. Baehr said.
“First, we try to encourage professionals in the mass media to put Christian content in their work and to adopt higher standards using traditional biblical values honoring...
Contemplating an INCREDIBLES 2
For those who’ve been clamoring for a sequel to Pixar’s popular, fantastic animated action company about superheroes, THE INCREDIBLES, now is not the time to give up hope.
Brad Bird, the director and writer of the original movie, recently told The Hollywood Reporter he has several ideas for what the sequel should be.
“I am stroking my chin and scratching my head,” he said. “I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another film, and if I can get ‘em to click together, I would probably wanna do that.”
Bird says he wants to increase the pace on the movies he’s making:
“I like the idea of moving a little more quickly in films. I’m looking for ways to accelerate t...
A History Lesson on Transforming the Culture
By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher
Christian leaders gather often to honor the prominent names and significant achievements of their peers. At one such event, several people stood up to commend a boycott years ago that had to do with Brandon Tartikoff when he was president of NBC and, later, chairman of Paramount Pictures.
Here is the rest of the story.
The late Brandon Tartikoff was a significant figure in Hollywood. The boycotts didn’t work as well as intended. Dr. Ted Baehr, however, helped Mr. Tartikoff by analyzing his script for LEAP OF FAITH and eventually was one of the people God used to turn Brandon Tartikoff to Jesus Christ when he was struggling with his only injured child, Calla. Ta...
Hollywood’s War on Women?
By Dr. Tom Snyder, Editor
A new study shows that it’s not the Republican Party that’s waging a war on women – it’s Hollywood!
A study by the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism shows that roles for women in Hollywood movies are drying up.
For example, of the Top 100 movies at the U.S. box office in 2012, only 28.4 percent of the 4,475 speaking characters were female, a decrease of 13.4 percent from the 32.8 percent number three years ago. Also, only six percent of those movies had a “balanced” cast, which was defined as a percentage of 45 percent to 54.9 percent.
“When they do get screen time,” the study said, “31.6 percent of women were de...
Movieguide® Down Under:
Redeeming the Media Through Australia
By Tom Snyder, Editor
Movieguide®’s efforts to spread media wisdom in Australia are going well, said Founder Dr. Ted Baehr, author of “The Media-Wise Family,” about the first leg of his current speaking trip to the land of kangaroos, koala bears, sunny beaches, and crocodile hunters.
“Australia produces a lot of people who go to Hollywood,” Dr. Baehr said, naming Mel Gibson, Russell Crowe, Director Baz Luhrman of THE GREAT GATSBY, Nicole Kidman, and Hugh Jackman.
“So, it’s a big influence on America. Therefore, Movieguide® and the Christian Film & Television Commission® [CFTVC] need to be an influence on Australia.”
CFTVC and Movieguide® (www.movi...